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TitleMalaysian limestone
orchids status: diversity, threat and conservation
AuthorsG. Rusea, M.Y.L. Lim, S.N. Phoon, W.S.Y. Yong, C.H. Tang, H.E. Khor, J.O. Abdullah, J. Abdullah
JournalBlumea - Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants
KeywordsConservation; diversity; limestone orchids; Malaysian; threat
AbstractTo date, a total of 288 species from 96 genera were identified from the limestone areas in Perlis and Padawan-Bau, Sarawak, of which many of these are restricted to limestone habitat and either endemic to Perlis or to Sarawak. Knowledge and data obtained from the field observation over the past 8 years leads us to report that at least 15 species endemic to limestone has become rare in the wild in Perlis, Bau and Padawan Sarawak. This was mainly attributed by: i) lack of emphasis by the government on understanding and protecting biodiversity in this kind of habitat; ii) lack of scientists willing to do research in dangerous and disaster prone limestone habitat; and iii) lack of knowledge and awareness among local communities on the importance of conserving and utilizing their natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Document typearticle
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